Lot #226
Apollo 11

Apollo 11 flight plan page, notated in flight by Armstrong and Aldrin, with an important corresponding star chart used to verify lunar trajectory
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Apollo 11 flight plan page, notated in flight by Armstrong and Aldrin, with an important corresponding star chart used to verify lunar trajectory

Original printed page from the flight plan used and carried to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission, one page both sides, 10.5 x 8, pages 3-10 and 3-11, signed in ballpoint on page 3-10, “Carried to the moon on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin,” and signed on the reverse, “Flown to the moon, Buzz Aldrin.” Page 3-10 also bears a single word pencil notation in the hand of Neil Armstrong, ”SCRUBBED,” concerning the procedure on the page. This page is accompanied by a letter of provenance and explanation signed by Aldrin, which reads, in part: “Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-10 and 3-11 from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan…. It is part of the entire document that was carried to the moon in Command Module Columbia during the first lunar landing mission. This sheet is from the detailed time line section and covers hours 11 to the beginning of hour 14 in the flight. Page 3-10 has the steps to accomplish the MCCI1 or Mid Course Correction engine burn number 1…Our long Translunar Injection (TLS) burn with the Saturn rocket third stage was accurate enough to allow cancellation of the MCC1 burn. Neil Armstrong wrote in large letters ’SCRUBBED’ in the Burn Status Report data box once Mission Control told us that the burn was not required…On page 3-11, I recorded the ‘Y 270, P -50’ values which were the yaw and pitch angles for our high gain antenna…I logged the first three values of the On Board readout which were all ‘37.1.’ Neil Armstrong then recorded the RCS (Reaction Control System) A through D values of: ‘86, 87, 89, 91.’ I later recorded the crew radiation values…then Neil and I made the 16 check marks in the Presleep Checklist block…The flight plan was probably the single most important document related to the success of our mission. It provided a time schedule of crew activities and spacecraft maneuvers to accomplish the first lunar landing…. This page has been in my private collection since 1969.” Also included is a 10.5 x 8 flight-flown star chart. This is the corresponding chart to the flight plan page and is specifically referred to on the flight plan page offered, making these a unique matched pair. signed in blue ballpoint, “Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin.” This page was inserted into the Apollo 11 flight plan before launch and is labeled in type, “Figure 9.2-2 - Scanning telescope - translunar coast. - (g.e.t. = 11:00:00.” This page is also accompanied by a letter of provenance and explanation signed by Aldrin, which reads, in part: “It was inserted just before page 3-9 and 3-9a of this manual and is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia…We needed this chart to assist an alignment of our navigation system prior to the burn…This sheet illustrates six different star pattern views that were visible through our scanning telescope at 11 hours Ground Elapsed Time (GET). These star chart patterns allowed Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and myself to verify our lunar trajectory and update our guidance computer if necessary at that time.” In fine condition, with three punch holes to bottoms of both pages. A rare opportunity to acquire Apollo 11 flight-flown material with astronaut provenance, as items flown on the first moon mission are difficult to come by and are highly desired by space collectors. Pre-certified Scott Cornish and RRAuction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #366 - Ended January 20, 2011





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